Application process


We are no longer taking Expressions of Interest (EOI)


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For those who have submitted an EOI we will be in touch shortly to let you know if it can proceed to a full application.


Full Application

If your EOI is assessed as eligible we will send you an email inviting you to submit a Full Application with the forms, guidance and a deadline. At this stage we will need much more detailed information about the organisation and project. Below are some of the key things to consider. Click on highlighted points for further guidance.

We invite all applicants at this stage to a workshop to go through the forms and what is required. Please contact us about the workshop if you have not received an invite.

All projects must be approved and contracted by March 2019 and completed and claimed by December 2020. However please take note of the following deadlines for Full Applications. There may be more dates added if funding still remains.

Full Application Deadline Decision Meeting
Wednesday 15 August Wednesday 10 October
Wednesday 5 September Wednesday 7 November


Decision – The Local Action Group will meet to make a decision usually eight weeks after the full application is submitted. We invite all applicants to attend the meeting to answer any questions the LAG may have.


Grant Funding Agreement – If the LAG decide to award funding then we will let you know within a week of the meeting. We will send you a Grant Funding Agreement and the project can start. We will arrange a meeting to go through the Agreement.


Claims –  You can make up to three claims for a grant. You can only claim for costs once they have been incurred so the costs will need to be covered in advance. You will need to show evidence of an invoice and payment to the supplier to claim the grant.


Contract & Outputs – Successful projects will need to follow the terms of the Agreement for 5 years after the date of the final claim payment.


Appeals – If you want to appeal an unsuccessful decision please follow the instructions on our Appeals Form

“The application process looks quite daunting when you first start, especially if you haven’t done this sort of thing before. But it’s worthwhile as it forces you to work through how you are going to expand your business and this helps get it clear in your own mind. It’s essential to get the objectives and benefits of the project right early on.”
Successful applicant